It’s a beautiful thing, when people have a gift to make things beautiful.
Instagram is literally full of arranged flowers, photos of coffee, styled squares of beautifulness that make the heart sing and take us out of our own lives for a brief second, just to appreciate the beautiful in life.
Bloggers are sometimes accused of making things too shiny, too rosy, like our lives are perfect. I don’t see it like that, not at all. It’s all about balance.
In this world of such darkness at times, how can things be too shiny?
On social media too, you can see reams of feed that show happy, smiley faces. Families doing activities and meeting up with friends, having a great life that we can all commentate on. I love seeing people have a great life!
Does it make me jealous?
Some say it is fake and we only show the good things, to some extent that is true, but I see the other side too and I think there is balance out there, especially with the blogs I read and I hope you see it in the blog I write, I know I need to write about my real thoughts more, it’s not always easy to share the harder moments especially when you’re in them.
I see very real realness being written and shared, very real indeed. .
Take this blog written by Leigh Kendall called Headspace Perspective. Leigh and her husband Martin lost their baby boy Hugo aged 35 days. She writes with passion to raise awareness of HELLP Syndrome in a really positive way. She shares her everyday reality with us too, and that is not always rosy. Beautiful is not always pretty. The truth is Hugo is still gone. What she shares is always shiny though, do you know why? Because it helps people and because it is real. Being positive can still be real.
Then take Capture by Lucy. A photographer from Somerset who takes ordinary things and arranges them in a beautiful way. Lucy makes the ordinary extraordinary and I can’t tell you how much that speaks to me. It’s just, well, lovely! Lucy also shares with other people how to style things, she’s a sharer and an encourager. The person behind the beautiful square is beautiful too. The ordinary small moments are the big moments, do you realise that?
Then there is Lucy at Mrs H’s Favourite Things, where she shares about recurrent and unexplained miscarriage. She also will share a lovely cupcake recipe! Balance, real, shiny.
I could give you reams of examples of beautiful blogs with beautiful style, positive voices beaming out full of fashion, make up, sharing anxiety stories, inspiration for weddings, there is a blog for everything under the sun.
The reason they are beautiful though is that you share the whole story. A great blog is not one that just shares one beautiful post and that post goes viral. No. Just a post here or a post there is not what makes blogs or the gift they bestow beautiful. It is the whole journey, the whole journey so far. If you take just a snippet then yes I guess it would seem like life is perfect.
Life is full of fragments, if you put your life together and fill in the cracks with gold and silver, you will shine.
There is a Japenese process called “kintsugi” or “kintsukuroi” repairing broken pots with gold or silver that I think best illustrates what I mean. You can read about it HERE.
Whatever you’re doing with your day take a moment to take in something beautiful. The beautiful things are gifts, and the people that bestow them are beautiful too. Beautiful and real. Real and shiny.
Let your light shine.